Guitarist Greg Fraser explains why Brighton Rock haven’t released an album since reforming in 2012
Brighton Rock and Storm Force guitarist Greg Fraser was recently interviewed by Dan Savoie for 519 Magazine in advance of the release of Storm Force‘s debut album Age of Fear, which will be released via Escape Music on January 25, 2020.
Back in February 2019, Brighton Rock released their first new song in 28 years with the track “End of Time.”
In terms of why it took so long for Brighton Rock to release a new song, Fraser explained: “The band broke up in the early ‘90s and then I joined a group called Helix. I was with them for over three years after that. And we didn’t, that was it. We broke up and then once we got offered to do this one particular festival in England in 2012 called Firefest. It was so exciting right away. It was like, “Let’s make a record again.” Right? “Okay. Let’s try.” And then we soon realized that it’s not like the old days, because back in Brighton Rock, that was our full time job. Seven days a week, 24/7, everything was Brighton Rock. So we’d work on a record, we could work on it 12 hours every day. It’s not like, “Okay, I can’t record anymore because I got a job to go to,” or, “I can’t, I got to do this.” No, no. That was number one. That was your first priority.
We soon realized back in 2012 when we started trying to make a record. It was like, “Huh, okay, when are you available?” “Okay, I’m available in three weeks on a Tuesday.” “Okay, well, I can’t make that one, but I’m available in two weeks.” “Well, I can’t.” So there was always one guy or two guys could never make it. We could never get us together in the same room. It’s impossible. Even just to rehearse for a show, let alone trying to make a record. But we tried. We just kept kind of chipping away at it.
I think we had about eight songs, they were written on my part, the songs were finished, but we couldn’t record them. So you hear these eight different songs that still needs a bass track or it still needs backing vocals, but it doesn’t have vocals yet because he hasn’t wrote the words.
But that one particular song, “End of Time”, was the one song that was completely finished. We just happened to have that one completely finished. And then we’re getting close to finishing the second one and its like, “You know what, let’s just put it to rest. Our singer’s got to go to Europe for his record company conventions and he’s going to be gone for six weeks.” And then we just never went back to it. I just soon realized, “This record’s never going to get done. Let’s just put it to rest. Maybe someday things will change, we can revisit it.” But that was the one song that got finished and luckily we even have that.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Greg Fraser at 519 Magazine‘s website.
Wikipedia states the following about Brighton Rock (with slight edits):
“Formed in Niagara Falls by guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs in 1982, the band also included vocalist Gerry McGhee, keyboardist Martin Victor and drummer Mark Cavarzan. After their song “Barricade” was selected for CILQ‘s Q107 Homegrown album in 1984, they independently released a self-titled EP the following year.
They subsequently signed to WEA for their full-length debut, Young, Wild and Free, in 1986, adding Johnny Rogers on keyboards replacing Martin Victor. That album spawned the Canadian hit singles “We Came to Rock” and “Can’t Wait for the Night”. The band followed up with Take A Deep Breath in 1988 which sold 70,000 copies in Canada. While writing for 1991’s Love Machine, Rogers left the band. Gerry McGhee stated, “We didn’t really feel that keyboards were part of us anymore. There’s really no place for them in our musical direction now.” Rogers was replaced for touring purposes by a second guitar player, Greg Bioleau, who previously played with McGhee in his first band, The Rockers. The band broke up after the tour to support Love Machine.
In 1992, guitarist Greg Fraser joined Helix, replacing Paul Hackman. Fraser remained with Helix for four years. Also in 1992, McGhee auditioned for Mötley Crüe who were replacing their departed singer, Vince Neil. The band regrouped for a reunion tour in 2001, releasing the live album A Room for Five Live in 2002. In 2006, a greatest hits package was released titled The Essentials. In January 2007, Fraser and Skreebs formed a new project known as Fraze Gang. The album Jackhammer came out in early 2008. An EP called Don’t Call Us was released in late 2009.
The band regrouped again Thursday October 30, 2008 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto for a benefit concert for fellow Canadian rocker Carl Dixon who was injured in a car crash.
In late Jan 2012, it was confirmed that the band would perform at the Firefest Festival in Nottingham, England in October 2012.
On Saturday October 13, 2012, the band regrouped again for a sold-out show at The Rockpile in Toronto and announced that they would be coming back to The Rockpile in April 2013.
On August 1, 2013 the band released the single and video for “Creatures of the Night”. The song, a re-imagining of the KISS classic, appears on the charity album “A World With Heroes“. The video was directed by Vancouver filmmaker Brian Sword.”
Brighton Rock‘s’ “End of Time” single:
Purchase here on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/end-of-time-single/1451653263 Purchase on Google https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Brighton_Rock_End_of_Time?id=Bxw5egdbjnbqfpictfcrhflw7e4&hl=en New single from Brighton Rock End of Time